This street located 15 minutes on foot from Kaminari-mon Gate in Asakusa is packed with all manner of kitchen gadgets both for professional and amateur chefs. The 800m-long arcade has about 170 stores that sell tableware, pots, confectionary making machines, food materials and all. You will definitely come across a favorite for your long-term use. Check out plastic food samples that look amazingly real to stimulate your appetite.
The origin of the street name goes back to an old practice that raincoats (kappa) were once hung over the bridge (bashi) to dry out. There is also a legend that a merchant had a prosperous business after catching glimpses of a legendary creature 'kappa' in the river. You will find a number of kappa statues along this street.
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5.0in the last week
Great foodie street experience. Some shops are not selling stock direct, it's showcase items for bulk restaurant purchase. Others are happy to sell individual items. The plastic food makers seem happy you talk and will sell pieces to tourists.
It's a short walk to some good food and the temple.
5.0in the last week
Wow, wow, wow! What a street! I was in heaven. Could spend hours here!!! Each shop focus on just one thing - lacquer, bamboo, knives, paper ware, furniture, even a shop selling Chinese things. Prepare to be there for several hours! Some shops are wholesale only - 10 plus pieces... and cash only.
4.0a month ago
Excellent place to get all kitchen and bakery needs . Takes half a day to walk up and down the whole street . If you have specific item to purchase, recommend you to compare prices across a few store. As prices here varies significantly store to store. You virtually could purchase an entire restaurant furnishings from kitchen assets to sign board here. As many store specialise in restaurant equipment. More popular items for tourists is the kitchen knife selection, food replica and pottery/China here.
For those who enjoy cooking and baking, this is the place for you. Just hope you have enough baggage space to bring it all back.
4.04 weeks ago
Fun place to explore. Better place if you know exactly what you’re looking for. Best to research before going if you have items in mind. There’s lots of cool areas near by to explore too
4.03 weeks ago
A great place to buy useful souvenirs, but prices vary wildly from place to place. I recommend Kamata Knives, as I got a chefs knife and santoku knife there on my last trip, and they're holding up really well. There's also a store with a bunch of great bowls in different plastic storage tubs because they have great prices and good variety, plus it's all good quality (I bring back a set of bowls or plates or serving dishes every time I'm in Japan).